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Color Dodgeball: Add Some Color To A Classic Event

Dodgeball is a fun event that is played at many student housing communities across the country. At Cardinal Group we look to take all of our events to the next level to create remarkable experiences. Dodgeball is no different. Color Dodgeball takes elements from a classic dodgeball game and the popular 5K Color Run to create an epic new event. During this event teams will play dodgeball but with paint-soaked balls! Keep reading to find out how you can pull this fun event on the cheap!

Basic Event Setup

This event can be done for as little as $125 with a basic setup (although we recommend you go for creating a remarkable experience with the Epic version). Find a grassy area at your community. It should be away from areas where balls could possibly break windows. Once you’ve selected your area use the spray chalk can to outline the play area. You can use THIS image as a guide but you can make your arena any size. Once the arena is set place 3 black buckets at the far boundary line of each side and fill with one color of chalk paint (don’t put all the paint in the buckets in case of an accidental spill). Participants will use these buckets to dip dodgeballs in during play. Either provide players with white t-shirts or ask them to come ready to play in their own white t-shirt. This will ensure the paint really pops on their clothing. Boom you’re all set up! Now just play a fun dodgeball tournament! Keep reading below to find out how you can amplify this event even more!

Epic Event Setup

First, read the setup instructions of the “basic event setup”. You’ll want to begin setup the same way. Once you’ve completed the basic setup it’s time to get EPIC! Setup you PA system and/or DJ at the center line but outside the court. This will provide a fun and lively atmosphere. Next, you’ll want to set up your black lights. These industrial strength black lights work best if they are mounted at a height of at least 6-8 feet from the ground and angled down slightly. Your area may have poles, trees, or other things that you can mount to to get this height. If you don’t have these luxuries you can have your maintenance team build an apparatus to mount to. One simple way to build this mounting mechanism is to buy some rebar from your local home improvement store and drive them into the ground about 2 ft. Next, buy an 8ft long 2×4 and affix it to the rebar using screws and metal straps. Your 2×4 should now be erect in the air with support from the rebar it is affixed to. Finally, secure the black light at the top of the 2×4 with a long screw. Plug in your black lights and you’re ready to glow (pun intended)! Of course, the blacklights will only work in the dark so this event will need to be held at night. Check out this video of an event using these industrial black lights and paint! Highlighters glow extremely bright under blacklights and are very cheap. Set out highlighters for your participants to decorate their shirts and bodies.This

You can take this epic event up one more notch by having your maintenance team help you build walls at the back of your court. Use tape to mask off a cool design on your wall and then set them up at each end of the court. At the end of your event remove the tape and you should have a cool piece of art! Check out this video to see an example.

Basic Event Item Purchase List

Epic Event Item Purchase List



Show Everyone How GIFted You Are! How to Create a Custom GIF

Have a short and sweet message you need delivered to prospects or residents on the fly? Maybe you have a renewal deadline, new special, or awesome event you want everyone to attend. Or maybe even planning to send an e-blast and schedule a post on social media. Consider a custom GIF! This is a creative, out of the box idea to not only deliver your message to your target audience, but ensure it catches a lot of attention. Who doesn’t love a good GIF? And creating a custom GIF really is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Head over to and search for the perfect clip that fits your message. For example, if you are running a limited time gift card special, search “money” and you can choose your favorite image.
  2. To the right of the image you will click “Copy Link”. Select the GIF Link and copy.
  3. At the top of the page in a blue box you will then select “Create”. Paste your GIF in the URL box and it will revert you to the next page. Here you can type a caption, change the color or make the caption animated. There are a lot of editing options available to make your GIF special!
  4. When complete scroll to the bottom, select continue to upload. You will then select upload to Giphy. Here you will have options to save the GIF for social media posts or you can simply drag the GIF into an email in your Cardinal Gmail Account.
  5. Send and post and enjoy the social media LOVE.